duck·​ling | \ ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio) , ˈdə-kliŋ\

Definition of duckling

: a young duck

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Last Thursday, eight ducklings were swept into a storm drain. The Christian Science Monitor, "What really makes us what we are?," 25 June 2019 All eight ducklings were placed in a nearby field where they were reunited with their mother. Michelle Lou, CNN, "The ducklings were trapped in a storm drain. Firefighters turned to YouTube for help.," 21 June 2019 Most of those infected reported contact with chicks or ducklings from hatcheries, agricultural stores and websites. Arman Azad, CNN, "Hundreds more reported ill in salmonella outbreaks tied to backyard poultry," 13 June 2019 Giant water bugs are voracious predators that take down everything from ducklings to venomous snakes, according to a new study that brings together decades of research on the aquatic insects. National Geographic, "Giant water bugs eat turtles, ducklings, and even snakes," 3 Apr. 2019 The artworks over the bed include a painting and a yellow collage by Kaihoi, a portrait of Mirabelle by Anna Youngers, and a watercolor of a duckling by Mirabelle. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "How an Uninhabitable "Dump" Became a Stunning Family Home in the East Village," 11 May 2018 Officers were able to rescue the ducklings and reunite them with their mother, Flavin said. Adam Sennott,, "Arlington police rescue 11 ducklings from sewer drain," 6 May 2018 Ramps for ducklings are back at the reflecting pool at the U.S. Capitol, wildlife experts said. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Duck ramps are back — and are safer — at U.S. Capitol reflecting pool," 1 May 2018 On Monday, the remaining duckling hatched — and found a new home, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: The EPA won't change policy after Pruitt. But it might be more transparent about it.," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of duckling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of duckling

: a young duck
: the meat of a young duck that is used as food


duck·​ling | \ ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio) \

Kids Definition of duckling

: a young duck

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